Sunday, October 9, 2016

Race Recap: City to the Sea Half-Marathon

Hi, friends! Today I completed my first race of the fall season, the City to the Sea Half-Marathon in San Luis Obispo, CA. I had a series of easy(er) workouts throughout the week in preparation for race day, but my muscles were still feeling loose, warm, and ready. The coastal morning was chilly, something that was so welcomed while we ride out what I hope will be our final heat wave in Fresno.

Photo Courtesy of Destination Adventure Racing
There was great representation from my running team. My favorite way to kick off a race is with encouraging words and high-fives from friends. I was given instructions from my coach to stay close to my marathon race pace, but not to push too hard as my official race pace test will take place next week. Taking away the pressure to push hard replaced my anxiety with excitement.

Photo Courtesy of Destination Adventure Racing
City to the Sea is a smaller half-marathon with a course that starts in Downtown San Luis Obispo and trails down to Pismo Beach. We kicked off 10 minutes late to allow for crews to complete road closures, but runners were super-understandable and it didn't seem to rock anyone's boat. The first six miles were relatively flat and we had one lane closure to utilize. Because this is a small race, it was plenty of room for runners along the course. One of our teammates stopped along the course to take photos and offer words of encouragement (and, at one point, take my Gu Energy Gel wrapper so I didn't have to carry it). I was always excited to see him, as demonstrated below.

Photo Courtesy of Destination Adventure Racing
Photo Courtesy of Destination Adventure Racing
Photo Courtesy of Destination Adventure Racing
We hit our first hill around mile seven, and I tried to keep my pace steady knowing that there would be more over the next six miles. The hills definitely affected my pace, but seeing my coach at mile eleven was the boost I needed to push hard through my last couple of miles. I shaved nearly a minute off of my pace for the last two miles and finished strong. 

Photo Courtesy of Destination Adventure Racing
I finished the half-marathon in 2:01:07 with nothing but positive things to report about the course, the race organization, and the volunteers. For the last few miles, we lost any road closures and shared the road with vehicles. Residents and visitors were respectful of runners on the road which was refreshing. Post-race, we enjoyed larger-than-life breakfast burritos and the option to enjoy several food/beverage trucks.


Tonight I'm nursing a sore IT band with ice and Naproxen. I'm sure the inflammation is credited to hugging the side of the road, which is known to be paved at a slight angle. I suffered the same injury last training season, but this pales in comparison to my last go-round with an IT band injury so I'm anticipating a super-quick recovery.


Hope your weekend treated you well! It will be a busy week ahead, but I'm ready!

3 comments:

  1. Yep, that was a great day! I would like to change something in my lifestyle to. To make it more dynamic, you know.

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  2. It's just a great day. After taking part in the marathon is a very exciting experience. It brings a lot of experience and skills.

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  3. Congratulations! That was a hard but deeply satisfying day! Thank you for adding those materials here!

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